Problem and solutions to drugs addiction
TOPIC: drug addiction
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Drug abuse has been a prevalent problem globally due to a drug’s ability to induce extreme euphoria, pain relief, psychedelic hallucinations and much more to the human body.
The definition of a drug itself can be interpreted as a substance a person may ingest which can cause psychoactive reactions that may affect the person’s the brain and body in multiple of ways. There is no doubt there is a negative connotation around the term “drugs”, whether it be a “hard” drug, “soft” drug or prescription drugs. A hard drug, such as meth and heroin, is considered to be more addictive and toxic than soft drugs such as marijuana.
Because of the negative effects drugs may have on a person, the legalization of drugs has been a heated debate for many years. The movement of the prohibition of drugs in America, for example, has undergone law revisions such as the legalization of marijuana (a soft drug). With the debate around drugs and its legality, it brings up a question of morality, if drug use is either moral or immoral.
Philosophers, such as Mill and Aristotle, are on opposite spectrums in regards to drug use and government control over them.
Before diving in to the two philosophers Mill and Aristotle, it is important to understand the facts and legality of drug use currently in the United States.
The Controlled Substances Act is one of the federal U.S. drug law that regulates the “possession, trafficking and manufacturing of drugs”, which applies to both hard and soft drugs (1). This act categorized drugs as Schedule I-V, Schedule I being the drugs with the highest potential for abuse (cocaine, meth, etc.) and Schedule V being the drugs with the lowest potential for abuse (codeine, cough medicine, etc.) (1).
The charges of possession and trafficking of drugs are different. Possession of drugs can be from a fine of at least $1,000 to jail time, depending on if it is a simple possession or possession with the intent of redistributing and reselling (1). Drug trafficking is a felony and the penalty varies and is dependent on how much drugs are being trafficked, where it’s going, whether it is soft or .....[read full text]
A person who abuses drugs, whether hard or soft drugs, shows a lack of personal care and control, therefore it is immoral in Aristotle’s eyes. Aristotle follows the Principle of Morality, in which is state that some actions (drug use) are so clearly immoral that it should be illegal. Because of how immoral drugs are in Aristotle’s eyes, he believed both hard and soft drugs that are not prescription drugs should be illegal due to the fact that the law should reinforce morality to citizens.
In fact, in America the use and possession of drugs has been prohibited. Many are in jail due to either use or possession of drugs, both soft and hard drugs, which is the leading cause of the crowding of prisons. Though soft drugs such as marijuana have started been legalized, there are still problems with recreational use of prescription drugs. Recreational use of prescription drugs has also become a prevalent problem, such as the abuse of pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants or sedatives.
Aristotle is against non-prescriptions drugs but he never quite mentioned the abuse of medicinal/prescribed drugs. It can be implied that Aristotle is also against abuse of prescription drugs due to the Principle of Morality and his belief in what a moral person should be and do. Contrasting Mills and the Libertarians, Aristotle has a different perspective in drug use and standpoint of whethe.....